Jason and I have travel to countless places and one thing remains true: when you’re hangry, it is not fun for you or your travel partner.
Which is why I’m here today to help you not be a hangry traveler and give you tips on what to pack in your carry-on so you can curb the hunger longer. Chips and cookies are great but they won’t keep you full longer and you’ll just end up hangry.
I’ll break down each snack I pack and why. Let’s get to snacking!
Jerky – beef, turkey, pork, any kind of jerky is great because it’s protein and protein helps keep you full longer and they generally don’t have a ton of fat.
Protein bars – there are some gross ones but there are some pretty decent ones. I really like ThinkThin High Protein Bars and QuestBar.
I typically look for a 1:1 ratio on carbs and protein meaning if the bar has 20g of protein, I’m looking for 20ish grams of carbs too. I hate finding bars that are like 35g of carbs and 10g of protein.
That’s just not a good ratio to help keep you full and it’s not balanced.
Fresh fruit – nothing beats fresh fruit when you’re traveling. It’s mainly all carbs but if you pair it with cheese or nut butter then you’ve got a formula that will keep you satiated longer.
Just be aware if you are bringing fresh fruit to an international country, eat it all before you deplane or throw it away beforehand. You don’t want customs to search you and cause frustration on the start of vacation!
Cheese – I love bringing string cheese with me. It’s an easy way to get some fat and it goes great with fruit.
Nut butters – nut butters now come in convenient travel packs like the one you see above.
It’s great to have them because they’re a great mix of fat and protein but not only that, you can dip the pretzels you get on your flight in the nut butter or you can squirt some on fruit (say, apple slices) or have them with cheese. It’s pretty versatile!
Nuts – great to pair with your cheese or just a way to get some fat in. You could pair it with the jerky and it’d be a pretty well-rounded snack!
Collagen peptides – I like bringing these travel sleeves along because they have a decent amount of protein in them and they dissolve in hot liquids pretty easily so you can pour them in your morning coffee or tea.
It’s a great way to get some protein in at the start of your day or on the plane when you need a pick-me-up. Warm liquids tend to make you less hungry and with the added protein of the collagen; it can help curb hunger!
Dark chocolate – I tend to get 70% or higher cacao in my chocolate. I LOVE dark chocolate and since they all usually come in a bar, it’s easy to break off a piece if you’re needing something to curb your sweet tooth or to pair with nut butter or cheese, etc.
And that’s it! That’s what I usually stash in my carry-on/backpack for trips. It really comes in handy and helps keep me away from all the snacks that aren’t good for you!
When you’re hangry, you end up grabbing anything at the news stand that looks good in that moment. It’s kind of like grocery shopping when you’re hungry, you know? So it always pays off to be prepared!
Your travel buddy will thank you (and me, hehe).